Electric tricycles and electric bicycles have surged in popularity in recent years as affordable and eco-friendly transportation options. But how do they compare in terms of costs, capabilities and overall value for consumers? This article will provide a detailed comparison.
Electric tricycles have a higher upfront purchase cost, typically ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The Rad Power RadTrike retails for $1,899. In contrast, electric bicycles cost slightly less, from $800 to $1,500
Viribus Panther electric bike goes for $599.
Viribus Trio Electric Tricycle goes for $889.
Thanks to their large battery capacities, electric bikes can travel longer distances on a single charge.
Viribus Panther can reach around 37 miles of range in real-world conditions.
Electric tricycles offer more limited range of 22 miles – the Viribus Trio maxes out at around 22 miles.
With their large rear cargo area, tricycles can carry loads up to 330 lbs or more. We tested the Viribus Trio successfully carrying 400 lbs. Bicycles can only handle lightweight items up to around 40 lbs in rear racks and panniers.
The 3-wheel frame and construction of tricycles allows for greater stability and longer 5-8 year lifespan. Bicycle frames average 2-3 years before needing replacement. Tricycles also experience less vibration stress on components.
For heavy-duty cargo hauling or passenger transport needs, electric tricycles provide greater value and utility despite their higher initial costs. For lighter personal commuting, electric bikes can also be a cost-effective option. Carefully consider specific usage needs and choose the most economical option. Both e-trikes and e-bikes are eco-friendly transportation choices.